JUST OUTSIDE OF LIVINGSTON, MONTANA

 

 

WHO WE ARE

There is an old saying that behind every good rancher is a woman who works in town. Jeff likes to joke that he is the woman. Jeff works in marketing which pays the bills. Kelly and the girls run the farm or shall we say "our little experiment" which feeds us physically, mentally and if we're lucky, monetarily.

We raise a small amount of livestock using permaculture and holistic management techniques to regenerate overgrazed lands. This improves possibilities for wildlife while providing mineral rich food for ourselves and a few local families.

We have lived in Montana since 1993 and bought the farm, so to speak, in 2009.

WHAT IS A FISHING OWL?

The very first night we moved here, a great horned owl landed on our roof. This was a portent of numerous other raptor moments to come. Saw-whet owls, golden eagles, rough legged hawks, falcons, kestrels, you name it—they are all frequent visitors here. One of our favorite roosters was even killed by a very unlucky bald eagle who was subsequently beaten up by our goats.

Our namesake moment arrived one dark night in our first winter. As our car turned along our road on the Shields River, the headlights caught a fleeting glimpse of an owl with a nice trout in its talons. It was a large bird, perhaps another great horned but we like to think it was a snowy since they had been frequent visitors to Montana that winter. We'll never know for sure, but we did learn something. Owls actually stalk fish.

That fleeting moment of the owl and the trout seemed to represent many of the things that are important to us. The element of discovery. Indicators of a healthy landscape. The awesome wonder of the great outdoors. Getting close to the food we eat. The simple pleasures of hunting and fishing. And as much as anything, it was just plain cool.

For us it was the perfect representation of the cycle of life and death, which we've quickly learned is often what agriculture is all about.

WELCOME TO THE FISHING OWL FARM.

 
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Goats

 

 

GREAT MILKERS  FRIENDLY  GOOD PETS

 

Our Registered Nigerian Dwarf goats browse on about 12 acres of irrigated, chemical-free pasture supplemented by second cutting grass hay and alfalfa in the winter. They are also provided with free choice minerals and protected from the resident coyotes and mountain lions by our livestock guard dog, Athena. Note that a couple of our goats are not registered.

 

BABY GOATS FOR SALE

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THE HERD (NOT FOR SALE)

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Beef

 

 
 

GRASS-FED/GRASS FINISHED • ALL-NATURAL • DELICIOUS

 

We buy our yearling steers from one of Montana's most well-regarded natural ranchers. The steers spend about 15 to 18 months with us, gaining enough weight to reach slaughter. All are Devon-Red Angus cross, the Devon breed doing very well on grass outside of the industrial feed lot and Red Angus providing some extra oomph to fatten them up.

We move our steers frequently using rotational grazing patterns, offering a dietary supplement of free choice minerals and check on them daily. This all means these animals are very well cared for, healthy and guaranteed to wind up as delicious, mineral-rich beef on your plate.

Quarter-sides are available, typically ranging from about 100-125 pounds. Call for pricing.

 
 
 
 

Stay


 
 

PRIVATE RIVER ACCESS • COZY • GREAT VIEWS

The Shields River flows along the west boundary of our property just a mile upstream from its confluence with the Yellowstone. We've moved and restored an old log cabin from one corner of our property to a location with more privacy and great views of the Absaroka range from the porch. This cozy cabin is a great place to relax, watch wildlife in the morning and evening, watch our steers graze the day away or get out and enjoy the abundance of activities that this part of Montana has to offer.

We do not list our cabin on rental sites as it is mostly used for friends and family and the select few who have found it by non-conventional means.

$2000 / WEEK

One week minimum. Help us out with farm chores during your stay and we'll make you a deal.

 

 
 

AMENITIES

  • One bedroom with queen bed
  • Ladder-accessible, low-ceiling loft with three twin beds
  • Sleeps 5
  • One bathroom
  • Kitchenette with stove, oven, fridge
  • Wood stove
  • Well-furnished, rustic luxury

DISTANCES

  • Shields River access - on site
  • Yellowstone River access - 4 min
  • Livingston airstrip - 6 min
  • Livingston - 12 min
  • Bozeman - 35 min
  • Bozeman airport - 45 min
  • Yellowstone National Park - 60 min
  • Billings airport - 100 min